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Sharp and Flat Together

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Question: How do you play a note with both sharp and flat symbols in front of it?

– Richard (Singapore)

Albert’s reply: There shouldn’t be a note with both sharp and flat signs simultaneously – this is a contradiction in terms.

It is possible to have, say, a C-flat and C-sharp at the same time, but these are two distinct notes that require two noteheads:

I’m guessing that your question involves such a case.

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